South Africa to investigate “unsolvable” test equation | Rare Techy


Solving a math equation can be difficult at the best of times, so think of South African students who were wrongly presented with an “unsolvable” math question for their final math paper.

The Education Council, which sets and monitors standards for public and further education in South Africa, told the country’s Daily Maverick newspaper it was investigating a “problematic” maths question that a university professor of mathematics deemed “unsolvable”.

The Daily Maverick printed the question as follows:

South Africa for investigation "unsolvable" Test equation

No, we didn’t get it either — but head over to the Daily Maverick for a full discussion (and a possible fix!).

The General, Quality Council for Further Education and Training Umalusi has appointed a panel to examine how the trigonometry question was included in the Grade 12 Mathematics Paper 2 and why it was not discovered before it was printed.

South Africa’s Sunday World newspaper Umalusi CEO Dr. Maafu Rakometsi said the Education Council would like to reassure the public; “Everything humanly possible will be done to ensure that no candidate is disadvantaged by an error in question 5.1.”

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